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Pillaging Nature I read Edward Hoaglands essay The Courage of Turtles. I like turtles so I decided to right my essay on the related to ecological issue in Hoaglands essay. Another essay that I read for English is Malcolm X’s A Homemade Education. I think that Malcolm has some ideas in his essay that is related to Hoaglands essay, so I will include a quote from Malcolm’s essay. Turtles are interesting creatures, or as Hoagland puts it "personable beast." These beasts are part of an ecological system around a pond or lake. Ecological systems are sensitive to change. Take away a piece of the ecological system, such as turtles, the system will disintegrate rapidly. This happened in a small lake not to far away from where I grew up in Washington State. The city decided that there were too many ducks in this lake and had then all removed. The lake quickly became choked up with waterweeds. The ducks had been keeping a fast growing type of waterweed in check by eating them. What if a main piece of the ecological system was taken away, like the lake as in Hoaglands essay. The system would be devastated. Look at rainforest in South America and Madagascar. The destruction has gotten so bad that satellite photo show the erosion of the land into the sea. That can not be good. What of the turtles that live in places like these? The turtle in Hoaglands essay hopefully in up in "boxes in boys closets." Some turtle from Hoagland essay followed their instink and "dug themselves into the into drying mud for another siege in the hot weather…the drying mud baked over them and entombed them." The turtles from the rainforest also have it hard. If the turtle are not killed by machines and fires used to destroy rainforest, the turtles can go deeper into the forest, stay and live with the people who now live in their old home, or end up in the pet trade. The first option would create overpopulation with the turtles already living in the deeper forest. If the turtles stay and live with people they will be considered pest and most likely killed. In the pet trade the turtles could end up like the turtles in front of the pet store in Hoaglands essay, "dry as a heap of old bones in the sun…creeping over one another gimpily, doing their best to escape." Kind of sad. The people who decided to bulldoze in a lake and cut down forest must know what they are destroying little critter’s home. In Hoaglands essay it is the local Water Company. In South America it is different governments, depending on what country the rainforest is in. Some people say animals do not have feeling. They look like they do to me. Hoagland describes the turtles as almost human like; "they rock rhythmically in place as we often do, although they are hatched from an eggs, not from the womb. (A common explanation psychologist give for our pleasure in rocking quietly is that it recapitulates our mother’s heartbeat)" That just goes to show that man automatically assumes that he is superior to animals. Supposedly the smarter the mammal the more lobes the brain havens. Humans have five lobes and dogs have three lobes. Scientist have found that dolphins have seven lobes. That should mean that they are smarter than humans are. Personally I think man is hell-bent on destroying things around him. Since man creation I do

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